The AI singer service and quality is amazing. Finally the RIAA moves on. But illegal activities will eventually be integrated into the business system.
【Recording Industry Association of America Urges AI Voice Cloning Service to be Recognized as a Copyright Infringing Site】
・The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) considers Voicify AI, a service that can create AI voice models that reproduce human voices by training them as data, to be a potential threat of copyright infringement and has proposed that the US government add it to its “List of Potentially Pirated Markets”.
・Voicify AI can be trained by preparing and uploading a cappella sound files to be sung without accompaniment. Furthermore, if you upload a sound source that you want the model to sing, it will automatically separate the singing voice from the accompaniment and create a sound source for the learned model to sing.
・The RIAA states, “Users download videos from YouTube and other sources, copy the singing voice-only tracks, and then have them modified using AI voice models. This series of unauthorized actions not only infringes on copyrights, but also on the publicity rights of the artists”.
・The “List of Potentially Pirated Markets” includes AliExpress, WeChat, The Pirate Bay, and others
The music business system is further reconfigured by swallowing illegal activities (lawlessness)
We have mentioned many times on this blog about AI singers, who let AI learn and sing the voices of great singers of the past.
More and more videos of AI singers singing are being published on video sites such as YouTube. And they are of high quality.
In response, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said, “That’s copyright infringement and come on!” said this story.
AI’s Freddie Mercury singing Skyfall by Adel; AI’s Michael Jackson singing Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
Skyfall is especially high quality.
If more and more songs are created by such AI singers without permission, it is understandable that music rights organizations would want to complain.
I just think,
Yes, AI singers are in a legal gray state, but once they are so established, I don’t think there is any stopping them.
Perhaps, in the future,
I think we are at the stage of how to incorporate these illegal and outrageous AI singers into the business system of music.
Back in the day, around the year 2000, a file exchange software (service) called Napster became popular. There, music was exchanged over the Internet for free. You could listen to music from all over the world as much as you wanted. Of course, this is completely illegal.
However, a decade later, music download sales became widespread, and 20 years later, subscription streaming services.
I don’t think there is much difference between the time of Napster and today in terms of being able to easily listen to music from around the world with a click on your computer.
The content of the act itself is the same, but what used to be illegal has been legally incorporated into the music business system.
It is easy to imagine that issues such as AI singers today will probably be legitimately incorporated into the system in 10 years. (Perhaps they will be managed through technologies such as blockchain and tokens?)
Indeed, the music industry, both on the user (listener) side and the production side, is changing at a dizzying pace.
Finally, I have a personal thought,
I wonder to what extent humans are moved, empathetic, and moved by AI creations.
As mentioned above, I can understand why those fans would be shaken to their core when they hear Freddie’s voice, even though it is AI. But Freddie is no longer in this world, and he is not real.
AI wrote the lyrics, AI composed the music, and AI sang the song.
I am very interested to see how far humans will be shaken with respect to these AI creations.
In one experiment, when we asked AI to write a haiku, it seemed to rate it unexpectedly high. However, once they found out that the haiku was written by an AI, their evaluation seemed to drop.
If you don’t know it’s AI, it’s rated high; if you know it’s AI, it’s rated low.
This is also interesting.
When we talk about AI, we tend to talk about it like technology,
Personally, I am very interested in this kind of psychological and emotional movement of how human beings deal with AI (creations).
I know I said it was the last one, but it turned out to be a long sentence.
These are just a few of the many thoughts I have from the story of the AI singer.
See you then.
I also like Freddie’s voice in QUEEN, so there is a part of me that shudders at the sound of AI Freddie’s voice. But at the same time, I think that the real Freddie would not sing like this, because a song is subject to the singer’s sensitivity and interpretation. I think AI can only trace data, but not sensitivity and interpretation. But I wonder if it will eventually be able to do that too.